Favorite Places in Austin to Eat & Drink

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

I get so many emails asking about my favorite places to eat and drink in Austin. It used to be pretty easy to make a list for people from out-of-town, but in the past couple of years Austin has really become a top notch food city. The list of restaurants to hit is becoming endless, so today I’m narrowing it down to just a few of my favorites and when (and with whom) I would go.

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And now, let’s eat!

Meet over Margaritas (w/ Guac tasting platter): La Condesa or El Naranjo

Brunch with Girlfriends: Josephine House or Café No Sé

Patio Perfect: Perla’s or Contigo

Breakfast in Bed: South Congress Hotel or Hotel St. Cecilia

All the tacos: Taco Deli or Veracruz All Natural

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

Very Veggie: Bouldin Creek Cafe or The Steeping Room

Most Instagrammable: Elizabeth St. Cafe

Something Sweet: Sugar Mamas (vegan & gf cupcakes!) or Lick Ice Cream

Dinner with the Folks: Odd Duck or Central Standard

Remote Office: Mañana or Seventh Flag Coffee

Yes way, Rosé: House Wine or Lenoir Wine Garden

When in Rome Austin: Dolce Neve Gelato

Favorite places in Austin to eat and drink

Table for Two: Lenoir

Quick Bite: Snap Kitchen or the Downtown Whole Foods

Hike the Town Lake Trail and Head To: Juice Society

Noodles! Ramen Tatsu Ya

This post is sponsored by Square Cash, all opinions are my own!

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  1. I love the aesthetic of that cafe. The blue tiles are gorgeous!

  2. Bri
    05.27.2016

    Ohhh I don’t know. I would definitely put Sway on the list. Especially for dinner with friends, date night, or dinner with parents!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      05.27.2016

      you’re right – I really love Sway!

  3. Tony from greenearthpackaging.co.uk
    06.01.2016

    I really loved tacos and I can recommend Taco Deli. It’s my favourite restaurant in Austin

  4. Elizabeth
    06.02.2016

    I’m a former Austinite now living far away, and this post made me want to go visit and eat. I miss so many of these places – especially Bouldin Creek, Elizabeth Street, Taco Deli (!!!), and Contigo. Summer nights at Contigo are amazing!

  5. Duff Farrow
    02.01.2019

    Great article!

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